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God Will Use it For Your Advantage
By Joel Osteen - Aug 12, 2016

I have a friend who got off to a rough start in life. He grew up in the projects very poor with hardly any guidance. His father wasn't in his life, and his mother had her own struggles. Because of this poor home situation, he was labeled by the state as a "child at risk." That phrase, from the time he was a little boy, played over and over in his mind. It had become engrained in his thinking. "There's no future for me; I'm a child at risk." He continued to go downhill, getting into trouble, doing what the rest of the crowd was doing. Everyone around him was defeated, depressed and addicted. He fit right in. He adapted to his environment.

This is one example of how your life will follow your thoughts. This man believed that he was at risk, and he became at risk. If you believe you've reached your limits, then you have. If you believe you'll never get well, then you won't. Because your mind has become conditioned with limitations, it will keep you from your highest potential. 

Today, get rid of any thoughts that are holding you back. You may not see how you can do it in your own ability, but you're not on your own. You have the most powerful force in the universe breathing in your direction. God created you to rise higher, to break barriers of the past, to overcome bad habits, and to be free from generational curses. People may have labeled you at risk, average and less than, but God labels you well able, equipped, anointed, creative, a masterpiece. The good news is that people don't determine your destiny, God does. What they said about you, the environment you're in now, or how you were raised cannot keep you from your purpose. God has already taken into account every detail of your life, every bad break, every negative comment, how you were raised or what somebody did. He's factored that all into His plan. If you will stay in faith, instead of holding you back, it will propel you forward. Instead of defeating you, it'll make you stronger. God knows how to take what was meant for your harm and use it to your advantage!

"The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom." (Deuteronomy 28:13, NIV)

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